Elder Abuse: A Short Story

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Four years it’s been since I lost my beloved grandmother. The grief striking words still lingers freshly in my brain though it was last night. It was slightly after dusk when the earth shuddering news knocked on our door. My mother was busy kneading dough to prepare chapati and being my favorite dish, I was grinning from ear to ear with excitement. Unusually to say, her phone was ringing off the chain and since her hands were covered with flour, I answered the phone seeing it was her sister. No sooner did I pick up the call when she uttered these words. “We are officially orphans sister’’, my aunt’s tone was melancholic. Myriad woeful thoughts began flooding my mind. Those thoughts kept on building up like an unstoppable snowball in the pit…show more content…
Allow me to explain what financial elder abuse is. It is fraudulent acts committed by raptorial members in the society for financial gains. Per the National Committee for the prevention of the Elder Abuse they span a broader spectrum of conduct, including: Forging an elder person’s signature, getting an older person to sign a deed, will, or power of attorney, using the older person’s property or possessions without permission, promising lifelong care in exchange for money or property and not following through on the promise, and telemarketing scams.
Per A mac (The voice of Americans 50+) from the federal trade commission; (FTC) released an annual report on identity theft and fraud complaints called the Consumer Sentinel Network Data book. The report gives national data, as well as a state-by-state accounting of top complaints. One of the most interesting findings is that the mature market (50 years and older) represents 36 percent of all the identity theft victims thus making it the single largest demographic of identity theft victims and 49 percent of individuals 50 years of age and older are victims of
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